I understand the importance of bone broth in a diet but one of the hardest things I have a problem with is actually consuming it and getting Andrew to consume it.
There’s this one thing about toddlers and preschoolers: they are picky and now have the power to say yes or no to what they want.
It’s really great that they are learning their independence but it can be really hard when you’ve just finished making this from scratch meal with lots of love, and your toddler turns their nose up to it as if it made with the world’s nastiest ingredients. Hard, frustrating, defeating; all of those words work perfectly for this scenario and you’re definitely not alone.
It’s also really frustrating when you see other parents serving delicious soup to their kids and they are literally gobbling it down. What’s worse is your kid won’t even try it. Sigh.
I’m learning that it is important to pick my battles and respect Andrew’s independence, so I try my hardest to not make him eat something he doesn’t want. I offer an encouraging word but it seems like the more I try to make the specific food I’m giving him seem yummy, the more reluctant he is (reverse psychology anyone?).
So what’s a mom to do?
Think OUTside the box and figure out ways for them to consume bone broth without them even knowing.
And yes, sometimes you have to do that. I still think it’s important for Andrew to know what he’s eating so he can learn to love (or dislike) different kinds of foods, but since he’s in this picky stage I have to make sure I can get essential nutrients in him whenever I can.
If you’re in the same boat I am, the best place to start is by looking at the food your child typically likes to eat. For Andrew, he LOVES rice. Rice is that one food I can count on him eating at any time.
So, the most logical thing to do is replace the water (1:1 ratio) I make rice in… with bone broth. Yep, this is called supercharging your food with bone broth.
If you’re scratching your head and wondering why you never thought of that before, it’s okay. Sometimes we literally have to throw away all the complicated stuff and focus on the most simple things.
When you cook rice in bone broth instead of water all the nutrients and minerals get absorbed into the grains. You’re left with nutrient-rich, supercharged rice. Your kid won’t even know the difference.
To make it extra tasty, season lightly with unrefined sea salt and pepper and mash with golden, pasture butter. Yum… I’m hungry now.
Another way I found I could supercharge my food with broth is by replacing the milk/cream I would typically use for mashed potatoes. I still add the butter and sour cream (it’s obviously not mashed potatoes without those two things) but I have found the broth gives the mashed ‘taters a depth and delicious-ness.
Simple and completely doable, right?
I always recommend making bone broth from scratch (learn how to here) because it truly is simple to do. That being said, I have no right to make anyone feel bad if they don’t want to make broth and would rather buy pre-made instead. Similar to picking the battles with your children, picking which foods to make from scratch totally depends on your lifestyle and how much time you are willing to sacrifice.
There is absolutely no right or wrong and you should make your decisions based on what is going to make you happy. Life is too short to be spreading yourself thin all the time (I’m trying to tell myself this now as I have a full calendar ahead of me AND working on my cookbook).
If you’re someone who would rather just buy pre-made broth and still feel good about the ingredients, there is hope!
Unfortunately, most broth packages you find at the grocery store still have those mystery “natural flavor” and “spices” ingredients. Plus, you don’t know exactly how “free-range” the chicken or beef really is.
Bare Bones Broth, however, is a totally different story. I’m talking nutrient-rich, pasture-raised, gelatinous broth made with love from people who care about ingredients, how things are sourced, and the quality of the product — just like you and me.
Ryan and Katherine are the faces behind Bare Bones Broth (who I’ve become good friends with). They truly care about making bone broth available for anyone and everyone without compromising quality. Check out Ryan and Katherine’s story here.
It’s companies like this you want to support when you can’t make it yourself. You know, small companies who believe in the same thing you do.
How do you supercharge your food with bone broth? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
This post is sponsored by Bare Bones Broth. However, the opinions and photos are of my own. Authenticity is important so I would never promote any brand or product that I wholeheartedly don’t believe in. My readers are my number one priority and I always recommend companies and products that I believe will benefit my readers.